Have read these posts, but don't have a specific person I am directing this comment at.. Personally, I'm passionate about healthy eating and lifestyle, I eat all organic, and local free range meats, dairy and poultry and have eliminated sugar, any processed foods whatsoever as well as refined carbs. I grow my own sprouts and wheat-grass, juice at least twice a day, bike almost everywhere, exercise and rarely drink(watching my friends' make asses of themselves helps with that). I don't say this to gloat, but if people are looking for a radical change for the better, these are the kinds of things it will entail. It's never too late so just remove that negative thought from your head and replace it with " I can - I am going to change". I'm sure you all know you are what you eat, but in this day and age I think people forget something that is so simple. SO, as for lower back pain, upwards of 75% of the weight of the upper body is supported by the water volume inside the fifth lower lumbar disc. Imagine having two cinder blocks sandwiching a whoopee-cushion(sp?), what happens if you let the air out of that bad boy to the point of the two adjacent blocks forcefully coming into contact..? I just made that up so I don't expect a medal for my awesome illustration, but that should give a decent visualization of what is going on in your spinal cord when your inter and extra-cellular water levels have been depleted. You should SLOWLY increase your water intake over a ~2 week period to about 1 oz for ever half pound of body weight(maybe more, maybe less- Listen to your body). Furthermore along these lines, anyone who suffers from peptic ulcers should do the same. If you have either of those or both, and also suffer from hypertension, which has NOTHING to do with HDL or LDL levels in the way your MD would have you believe, do the same. Hypertension is caused when the inter-cellular water is exhausted, so the body increases the pressure in the veins to 'squeeze' the extra-cellular water into the cell membrane.) Cellular water retention is one of the most basic needs of nearly all living organism and yet chronic cellular dehydration is one of the biggest misdiagnosed and untreated epidemics of our time. If doctors(a term I use loosely, more like big pharma propaganda puppets-not all, obv) would simply tell people " Drink more water, eat real food - mostly raw plants, exercise, stop sitting on your ass all day and never eat fast food again" the epidemic of obesity would vanish. I really am passionate about this because the information is right in front of EVERYONE'S face. I know some people can claim ignorance, but at some point that seizes to become a reason and morphs into an excuse. I truly try to help people with lifestyles and diet choices, but honestly, most people don't want to hear it. We live in an illusory world where people would rather blame something that look at the systemic problem, the REAL cause. Well, if i have learned one thing in my short life it's that I don't trust anything I've been told until I can prove it to myself, with facts and testament, computable evidence that cannot be manufactured or wished into existence. I know I took a round about way of saying this but, but for the love of science, take the health of you body and mind into your own hands. For heaven sake, I don't even want you to listen to me! If something I said is the catalyst to a change you will bring about on your own... awesome. . What I REALLY wanted to get across with all this rambling is that THERE IS ALWAYS A ROOT CAUSE, don't look at the surface, you have to heal from the inside out. If one can employ simple critical thinking to these tasks at hand, the answer will manifest in such a simple light, you will wonder how you didn't understand it before. I might catch some static for this post, but for all intents purposes, you will not get this information from your MD and I think it needs to be more widely known when something as simple as water can heal so many ailments. Our sick-care system would shut down if people were in tune with any number of simple life truths that need be conquered if what you seek is total mind/body enlightenment.
**I am not a MD and this is not intended to treat or prevent any disease. However, since water is not a drug I can give advice on its use(ask your local municipality how they get away with the mass-drugging of people with a toxic waste called fluoride). If you suffer from the aforementioned ailments try a simple slow, gradual increase of, preferably reverse osmosis treated(non-fluoridated, non-chlorinated), water.